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Oklahoma City OK June 3 2011 The person killed in a running gunbattle between police and two men in a sport utility vehicle was a 20-year-old Putnam City High School dropout who did not have a record of violence, his mother said Wednesday.
OKC police release names of officers in shoot-out Police would not confirm who died, saying only that the man collapsed in a parking lot and had apparently been shot.
Clara Crosby, 50, said she was informed by hospital officials that her son, Clay Baron Howell, 20, of Oklahoma City, was killed in the Tuesday evening incident. She said she didn’t know why Howell was in the SUV and had heard few details from police. She said she knew her son was acquainted with Madrious N. Kamisizian, 20, identified by police as the other occupant of the SUV.
Kamisizian was taken into custody by a security guard after the chase ended with both the SUV and the patrol car crashing near NW 58 and Portland Avenue, police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.
Man faces murder complaint in death
He was booked into the Oklahoma County jail without bail on complaints of murder, shooting with intent to kill, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and use of a motor vehicle to facilitate a drive-by shooting. State law allows authorities to pursue a murder charge against someone suspected of committing a felony during which someone died.
Wardlow said the policemen involved were officers Jonathan Beasley and Dustin Wright and Sgt. Renaldo Sanchez. They remain on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Beasley and Wright were in the patrol car when it crashed into a tree. They were treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released.
The chase began after a man called police about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday to say he was following his stolen sport utility vehicle, Wardlow said. Officers found it near NW 62 and Tulsa Avenue, and the SUV sped away when police turned on their lights and siren.
Police and the two men in the SUV exchanged gunfire during the chase, Wardlow said. It was not clear Wednesday who fired first, how many shots were fired or how many people fired shots.
Witnesses said someone in the SUV fired from the passenger side window at the pursuing police car as both vehicles sped east on NW 62 near Quapah Avenue.
Crosby said her son called his girlfriend during the chase to tell her “something was going down.” She described her son as troubled but not violent.
More details are likely to emerge once the officers are fully interviewed, Wardlow said. Other than a brief interview at the scene, police policy prohibits officers involved in shootings from being fully questioned for 48 hours.
Homicide detectives and internal investigators will conduct investigations to determine if any laws were violated by the officers and if police protocols were followed, including those involving police pursuits.
Oklahoma City officers may fire from a moving patrol car only if they’re being fired upon, according to police policy. Officers can fire at a moving vehicle as a last resort if they think it’s necessary to prevent serious injury or death. Police must also consider the possible presence of innocent occupants.
“Firing at or from a moving vehicle will, under most circumstances, create a greater threat to innocent lives than allowing the violent felon to escape,” the policy states.
Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty announced changes to the city’s police chase policy in 2006 after a series of deadly chases. The policy was revised to require supervisors to get involved in chases and call them off if conditions such as speed, traffic and weather present too great a danger.
Kamisizian and Howell do not have significant criminal histories listed in state or municipal court records.
Facebook pageHowell’s Facebook page identifies him as a member of Putnam City High School’s class of 2009, but his mother said he dropped out after problems with his girlfriend.
The page lists his favorite quote as the first lines of “Omerta,” a song by heavy metal band Lamb of God. The quote reads, “Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of himself without that law is both. For a wounded man shall say to his assailant, ‘If I live, I will kill you. If I die, you are forgiven.’ Such is the rule of honor.”
Howell posted on the page that he is “adrift in this endless nothingness trying to keep from spinning out of control, and ending the reailty (sic) as we know it, but its (sic) all cool.”